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first_imgThe String Cheese Incident continued their summer tour last night, hitting the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY. The town may be best known for housing the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, but it was all jams last night as SCI welcomed Twiddle to get things started.Twiddle played a great four-song opening set to kick things off, keeping the energy high with classics like “Gatsby The Great,” “Jamflowman,” “Zazu’s Flight,” and “Frankenfoote.” The short but sweet set was jam-packed, making way for a great two-set performance from the gentlemen of The String Cheese Incident. SCI brought out a number of tour debuts for their first-ever appearance at Ommegang, including the show opener “So Far From Home” and “Wheel Hoss.” The band brought out a number of great covers in their set, including Rusty Wier’s “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance,” Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place,” and a two-song encore of Pink Floyd’s “Fearless” and Stanley Brothers’ “How Mountain Girls Can Love.” The band also brought out classics like “MLT,” “Miss Brown’s Teahouse” and more for this great show!Check out both band’s setlists below.Setlist: Twiddle at Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown, NY – 7/8/16One Set: Gatsby The Great, Jamflowman, Zazu’s Flight, FrankenfooteSetlist: The String Cheese Incident at Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown, NY – 7/8/16Set One: So Far From Home > Wheel Hoss, These Waves > Djibouti Bump > MLT, Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance, Until The Music’s Over, This Must Be The Place > Hi Ho No ShowSet Two: Climb, Can’t Stop Now, Falling Through The Cracks, Give Me The Love, Sirens > Miss Brown’s Teahouse, Land’s End > CollidingEncore: Fearless > How Mountain Girls Can Love————————————————————————For fans of Twiddle’s brand of jams, be sure to catch them at their inaugural Tumble Down Festival in Burlington, VT’s Waterfront Park from July 29th-30th. Featuring Nahko & Medicine for the People, Turkuaz, Cabinet, Kitchen Dwellers, and special guest Holly Bowling, this is one festival you won’t want to miss! Tickets and more are available via the band’s website.[Cover photo via Erik Kabik]last_img read more


first_imgMore than 100 Holy Cross priests gathered in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Saturday to witness Notre Dame alumnus Matt Kuczora profess his final vows and become an ordained member of the priesthood. Kuczora said the ordination Mass revolves around three important actions: the laying of hands, the handing over of the Eucharist and the anointing of chrism. “[The bishop] lays his hands on my head, an ancient and biblical symbol of handing on authority and blessing,” Kuczora said. “After the offertory, he hands the chalice and paten on to me too as a symbol of my ministry at the Eucharist. Those actions, along with the anointing of my hands with chrism oil, really mark the ordination of a priest.” Kuczora presided over his first Mass on Sunday. Despite his nerves, Kuczora said it was a “wonderful” and “freeing” experience. “Before it started, I just said a quick prayer and said, ‘God, this is your prayer. This is your Mass, not mine,’” he said. “I let go, and let God take over from there.” Kuczora said he was attracted to the priesthood because he wanted to serve others. “I worked for a year after graduation from Notre Dame, and I found myself volunteering and teaching and coaching sports teams,” he said. “The more and more I thought about it, I wanted to make a life out of that kind of service and of helping people.” According to a press release from the Congregation of Holy Cross, Kuczora has spent the past year putting his desire to serve others into practice as a deacon at Nuestra Madre Santisima de la Luz Parish in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. “Our parish there has over 40,000 parishioners,” Kuczora said. “There’s a lot of sacramental need.” Kuczora said he performed a variety of sacramental duties while in Mexico. “I did communion services in the absence of a priest. I brought communion to the sick and homebound,” he said. “I did weddings, many funerals and many baptisms. Sacramentally, I was very busy.” He said he also assisted with the parish’s education program. “I also helped to run the catechesis program for 900 children,” Kuczora said. “There was a lot of teaching with that and organizing that, and providing ongoing education for our Sunday school teachers as well.” Kuczora said he plans to return to the same parish in Mexico for the next few years with the goal of “making God present to the people there.” “There’s a lot of violence, especially related to drug trafficking right now in Mexico,” Kuczora said. “[It’s about] making God known to the people there, and letting them know God is with them in their suffering, and God cares about them and loves them. Despite all the violence in their lives, God is still there with them and is offering them healing in this life and in the life to come.” In anticipation of his life as a priest, Kuczora said he is most excited to share in people’s spiritual lives. “[I look forward to] serving people, helping them have experiences of God … and walking with people in their journeys, which are so different,” he said. “People have struggles, but also a lot of joys. [I look forward to] just being with them, helping them to see God and realize God is with them and loves them.”last_img read more


first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » 71% of companies run two or more A/B tests a month. And when you look at the benefits, it’s not hard to see why that number is so high. While your gut feeling works great for some areas of life, your credit union website usually isn’t one of them. You’ll be much better off putting it to some honest tests.What is A/B testing?A/B testing is often referred to as split testing, because it involves showing different versions of a web page to visitors to determine which performs best. One version is the current site experience, and the other has some sort of modification.For example, one version of your Auto Loans page might have a custom photo, whereas the other features a cheesy stock photo. Half your website traffic sees the original page (known as the control), and the other half sees the revised page (known as the variant). Then, the test measures visitor engagement on both versions, such as the number of people who started loan applications. Knowing which page does better statistically can help you make decisions for your website that increase conversions.last_img read more


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first_imgNew bosses  Legal watershed Some legal figures saw the statements as a watershed moment and a new example of the city’s liberties being chipped away at by Beijing.The Basic Law grants Hong Kong some self-governance and freedoms until 2047 — the 50th anniversary of the city’s handover.Article 22 of the Basic Law forbids central government departments from “interfering” in areas where Hong Kong rules itself, such as its legislature and judiciary.Beijing’s statements on the lawmakers were seen as an unconstitutional breach of that article.As criticism mounted, the Liaison Office went even further and declared itself unbound by Article 22.The return of flashmob protests began soon after that announcement. Anti-sedition law Hong Kong’s failure to pass an anti-sedition law has long been a source of frustration for Beijing.Article 23 of the Basic Law — Hong Kong’s mini constitution — says the city must create a law prohibiting “treason, secession, sedition [and] subversion”.But it has never been implemented due to public fears it would curtail the city’s free speech laws.The last attempt in 2003 sparked huge protests.Luo has said the city urgently needs the legislation to counter violent protesters and pro-Beijing politicians have begun campaigning for the bill. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters want to reignite their movement after a coronavirus lockdown lull, angered by a flurry of moves by China to subdue them.Flashmob rallies have resurfaced in recent days and protesters are calling for a bigger show of force on Friday’s Labor Day holiday.Violent demonstrations last year paralyzed the city of seven million people for months, driven by anger over Beijing chipping away at their freedoms. The year began with Beijing appointing two key officials to deal with Hong Kong.Luo Huining was put in charge of the Liaison Office — which represents China’s central government in Hong Kong — while Xia Baolong took over the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office. Analysts saw the appointments as a clear signal that Beijing wanted to reinforce control over the city after the protests.Neither have links to Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong and both have a track record of tackling troublesome provinces — Luo as a corruption buster, Xia as a hardliner who suppressed unsanctioned churches in Zhejiang.Since taking office, neither have signaled any willingness to reconcile Hong Kong’s ideological divides.Instead Luo has called for a new national security law and their offices have pushed for a greater say in supervising how Hong Kong is run. China’s communist leaders have only sought to tighten that control during the coronavirus pandemic.Here is an explainer on how China’s latest tactics are rekindling the pro-democracy movement:center_img National anthem and filibustering Tensions were raised further by Luo and Xia’s offices igniting a constitutional row.Earlier this month their offices released coordinated statements lambasting pro-democracy lawmakers for filibustering in Hong Kong’s legislature and choking dozens of bills.The pro-democracy camp wants to stop a bill that criminalizes disrespecting China’s national anthem.But Beijing’s two offices suggested the lawmakers were betraying their oaths and could be prosecuted or kicked out of office.Disqualifying lawmakers would be risky. It could weaken the opposition ahead of elections in September for the city’s legislature. But it could also further galvanize voter anger. Local government defiant Police and prosecutors have been busy during the virus lull.Earlier this month 15 prominent democracy activists were arrested on charges linked to last year’s protests.Those detained were not the petrol bomb-wielding radicals but some of the city’s best known moderates — including an 81-year-old barrister who co-wrote the Basic Law.Back in January Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam vowed to “listen to public views” and heal divisions.Yet prosecutions have continued apace for some of the 7,800 people arrested last year with authorities rejecting calls for an amnesty or an inquiry into the protests.Lam’s administration sided with the Liaison Office in the constitutional row.And during a cabinet reshuffle last week key officials who sparked last year’s unrest by pushing for a law allowing extraditions to China’s party-controlled courts kept their jobs. What next? So far the flashmob protests have been small.One gathering on Sunday night inside a mall attracted a few hundred protesters who were swiftly met by riot police.But more rallies seem inevitable given anger towards Beijing is resurfacing just as the city looks to ease social distancing measures — and as the one-year anniversary of last year’s protests in June approaches.Then in September, seats are up for grabs in the city’s partially elected legislature. Topics :last_img read more


first_img April 19, 2017 Wolf Administration Statement Opposing Senate Bill 383 Press Release Harrisburg – Governor Tom Wolf’s Press Secretary J.J. Abbott released the following statement opposing Senate Bill 383, which would allow school personnel to carry loaded firearms in schools:“Governor Wolf strongly opposes this bill and will veto it. School personnel shouldn’t be told that the only help they will get from Harrisburg to make schools safer is the option to carry a loaded gun around their students.“Harrisburg can help schools be safer by giving them adequate funding so schools can hire trained security professionals like school resource or police officers should school professionals feel they need it, and counselors and support staff for students. Governor Wolf would also support increasing funding for the Department of Education’s Safe Schools Initiative.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAlthough the potential fine could have been as high as €500,000, the AFM limited the penalty for the notaries scheme to less than €5,000.It said the SNPF had acted pro-actively and cited the scheme’s limited scale, adding that the fine would ultimately have been shouldered by its 6,390 participants.In a statement, the SNPF said it had reported the omission to the AFM and subsequently had done “everything possible to rectify the problem”. The Dutch Financial Markets Authority (AFM) has fined SNPF, the €1.2bn occupational pension fund for notaries, for failing to inform leaving participants about their options for value transfer.The communications watchdog found that the scheme, between 2010 and 2013, failed to provide legally required information in more than 420 instances.It said the information had been important to help departing members make a well-considered choice about the transfer of their pension rights, enabling them to ask their new pensions provider for a quote for value transfer.In the Netherlands, the previous provider must transfer the accrual rights, if the participant requests a quote and subsequently asks for such a transfer during his first six months in a new pension plan.last_img read more


first_imgAsset management consultancy MJ Hudson has set up shop in new offices in central Luxembourg, targeting fund management clients seeking to set up operations in the country post-Brexit.MJ Hudson Management S.A. of Luxembourg, as the new entity is called, received its management license from the Luxembourg regulator and will operate as a stand-alone independent entity within the MJ Hudson group, according to the company. It said the Luxembourg office would provide its clients with “increased options post-Brexit and guarantees EU operating capacity”.Matthew Hudson, chief executive officer at MJ Hudson, said: “A launch in Luxembourg was already on our radar before the Brexit events of 2016. It is a significant funds market in its own right with extremely strong and stable laws, structures, regulations and complementary service providers.“However, our plans were accelerated by the UK’s vote to leave the EU last year. We have been actively building this platform for more than twelve months and I am delighted at the high calibre of the team we have been able to attract.”  MJ Hudson launched its fund management solutions team for continental Europe from the Luxembourg offices this week. The team of six is is led by Olivia Tournier-Demal, ex-lawyer and Lombard Odier senior vice-president, and Thomas Meyer, previously at the European Investment Fund (EIF). In addition to the starting team of six, there is a three-person board: Francis Carpenter, previously CEO of the EIF and secretary-general of the European Investment Bank, Matthew Hudson, and Aldric Grosjean, formerly at Loyens & Loeff and partner at law firm Lexfield in Luxembourg.The team in Luxembourg with work alongside that of the London-based sister company as a European fund management solutions team.MJ Hudson said that research it conducted recently found that two-thirds of UK-based fund managers and three-quarters of their continental Europe-based peers did not believe that Theresa May’s Brexit negotiations would deliver an outcome that is ideal to the UK asset management industry. More than 70% of fund investors based outside the UK predicted that, by the end of 2020, the UK would have lost its position as the second-largest fund management centre globally, although data at the asset class level suggested any drop in assets under managment would not be this severe.New LGPS transparency code backers UBS and Stone Harbor Investment Partners have signed up to the £217bn (€181bn) Local Government Pension Scheme’s (LGPS) Code of Transparency.The voluntary code was launched by the LGPS Advisory Board in June to help the local authority funds get detailed information about costs and fees so they can report costs transparently.Michael Casagranda, client relationship manager at Stone Harbor, said that although the code was specifically designed for LGPS funds, the firm expected its impact would be felt “across the entire pensions industry”. Sixteen managers have signed up to the code so far, according to a list compiled by the LGPS Advisory Board.HSBC Global Asset Management goes with the trendHSBC Global Asset Management will absorb external investment research costs under the incoming MiFID II regulation, a spokesperson told IPE. HSBC is the 23rd largest European institutional client manager, according to IPE’s Top 400 survey.It joins other managers to have declared their intentions this week, including Barings and Northern Trust Asset Management.Record Currency Management goes to Switzerland Record Currency Management has opened its first office in Switzerland, in Zürich.  The office will be led by Jan Witte, who has re-located from the currency specialist’s head office in the UK.James Wood-Collins, chief executive at Record Currency Management, said: “Switzerland has long been a core market for Record’s currency management services.  We are delighted to be strengthening further our commitment to the market by establishing a local office.”Witte joined Record in 2012 and has been leading its quantitative research efforts since August 2013.last_img read more


first_imgSen. Donnelly (left) and the Sextons in Indianapolis.WASHINGTON, D.C.  – President Obama has signed legislation into law that requires an annual mental health assessment for all service members.U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) drafted the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act; named after an Indiana National Guard member who took his own life while on a 15-day leave from Afghanistan.“Starting next year, every servicemember—Active Duty, Guard, or Reserve—will receive an annual mental health assessment.  Also, we will evaluate which prevention or intervention programs are working in hopes of future expansion,” Sen. Donnelly remarked.Jacob Sextons father, Jeff, said, “The day they passed the bill would have been Jacob’s 27th birthday. And I can’t think of a better birthday present for him or a better Christmas present for all the men and women and their families in the military that suffer every day from PTSD, head injuries, any kind of mental illness. And hopefully this may change the stigma and bring out the help that our men and women need.”The Sexton Act will:Require annual mental health assessments for all service members—Active, Reserve, and Guard.Maintain strong privacy protections for service members.Require a Pentagon report to evaluate existing military mental health practices and provide recommendations for improvement.last_img read more


first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Liverpool have reportedly stepped up their interest in Lille attacker Victor Osimhen as the Nigeria international continues to impress for his French club. Osimhen has found the back of the net on 13 occasions in 24 appearances for Lille during the 2019-20 campaign, including 10 goals in 18 Ligue 1 outings. According to The Express, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is determined to bring the attacker to Anfield to boost his options in the final third of the field. The report claimed that a number of Premier League clubs are interested in Osimhen, who will not be allowed to leave France in January but could be sold for the right price at the end of the campaign. The youngster, who struck twice in the group stages of this season’s Champions League, has a contract at Stade Pierre-Mauroy until the summer of 2024. Liverpool have already completed a signing ahead of the January transfer window with Japan international Takumi Minamino due to arrive at the club from Red Bull Salzburg.Tags: AnfieldJurgen KloppLiverpoolLOSC LilleVictor Osimhenlast_img read more